Uniting The Diaspora of The Great Lakes Region
25th October 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:30
As part of the Hague Peace Projects, the Great Lakes Region working group aspires to contribute to the peacebuilding processes within the region as well as within the diaspora.
When looking at the countries of the Great Lakes Region, divisions along the lines of nationality and ethnicity continue to exist and matter within the diaspora. Mistrust towards and grievances against fellow members of the diaspora, misunderstandings and misinformation continue to thrive. Even with the presence of a common past and a common goal for peace in the GLR, the region itself and the diaspora remain divided and fragmented. This leaves many opportunities for peace-building unexplored. In that respect, the GLR groups aims to empower the diaspora because it recognizes their key role in finding and implementing peaceful solutions.
- How then can the diaspora aspire to contribute to peace building in the Great Lakes Region, when we struggle to find harmony within ourselves, and yet strike a comprise with those whom do not agree with us, and cooperate with ‘the other’ who we do not always trust?
- How can we overcome the existing mistrust, address the misunderstandings and put behind us the grievances that prevent us from moving forward?
- How can we unit here so that we can be example for our region?
Our aim is to:
- Facilitate open dialogues.
- To tackle these pressing and yet important questions.
- To activate and empower the different actors involved in trying to find and implement peaceful solutions.